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January 25, 2011


Imagine a dish flung into the sink
to shatter there, small revolt
against wet hands, meaningless acts repeated
and the annoying smugness of a complete set.

Think of everything that cannot be patched—
broken glass scattered like sand,
trees cut off at the trunk, old boards
too rotten to hold a nail, steel turned
to rust and lost, gaps in the earth
too wide to fill, the horse’s leg, the bird’s wing,
old loves, dreams, mistakes—

Here is what you must do: spend
yourself protecting everything, or learn
how to let go of whatever it is,
whatever it is that breaks.

©David Hirzel 1984

This is another from the newly published “Fault Zone,’ neatly placed by the editor between a tale of a fractured marriage (“The Fountain Tuner”) and the smashed sunshine yellow coffee cup of “Undoing.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    January 26, 2011 10:21 pm

    Congratulations! Where can I find a copy of “Fault Zone”?

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